February 11, 2007

Valentine's Day in our household

For about 7 or 8 years now (shows you how long we've been married!), we've had our Valentine's Day supper on another day since it is impossible to even feel the least bit romantic in a Jhb restaurant.

Usually there are two shifts to accommodate all the people and they pack in so many tables. Not only that, but the service is terrible too (and I'm a stickler for good service).

So we went to a place called Soi in Mellville on Saturday night. It is a mixture of Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese food and of course, you know we love Thai food.

The service was excellent and according to Dion, so was the food. The portions weren't very generous but you won't go hungry. If pressed, I will admit that for South African Thai food, it was very good but I longed for the meals at Kata Kitchen in Thailand.

But the place was SO noisy and very, very dimly lit so I don't think I'll be back. A really cute thing that they did was present the bill with a little dish of coconut ice. Do you remember coconut ice? The last time I had any was probably 15 - 20 years ago!!!

If you like Thai food, try Chai Yo in Randburg. We've been there three times and it is outstanding!

One of the subscribers to my mailing list sent me this link with this nice article:

Ways To Enrich Your Marriage
By Bob Gass

"Live in… harmony… each with the attitude of Christ toward the other." Romans 15:5 TLB

Somebody said the difference between courtship and marriage is like the difference between the pictures in a seed catalogue and what actually comes up! But it doesn't have to be that way.

Author Steve Stephens offers this advice: "Start each day with a kiss… always wear your wedding ring [it was placed there to cut off your circulation!)… go on regular 'dates' with your spouse… accept your differences… be polite… be gentle… give little gifts… smile often… touch… talk about your dreams… adopt a song as 'your song'… give back rubs… laugh together… send cards for no reason… do what your partner wants before they ask… and learn to listen for what isn't being said… encourage one another… do it his or her way… compliment one another daily… call during the day… slow down… .hold hands… cuddle… ask for your mate's opinion… be respectful… always welcome your spouse when he or she comes home at the end of the day… make an effort to always look your best… wink at each other… celebrate special events… learn to apologise… forgive quickly… set up regular romantic getaways… ask, 'What can I do to make you happier?'… be positive… be kind… be vulnerable… respond quickly to your spouse's requests… talk about your love… reminisce about favourite times together… treat each other's friends and relatives with courtesy… send flowers on Valentine's Day and anniversaries… when you're wrong, admit it… be sensitive to your spouse's sexual needs… watch sunsets together… say 'I love you' often… never go to sleep angry… end every day with a hug… get professional help when you need it… and above all, pray daily for (and with) each other."